Ottawa announced $65 million in funding to improve settlement services

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On May 11, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provided over $65 million in funding extensions to improve settlement services, service provider organizations nationwide to continue important settlement services, which include services for racialized newcomer women, pre-arrival services, and language training for newcomers in French-speaking minority communities. 

With this funding, service provider organizations can deliver services to newcomers more efficiently, maximizing their economic and social integration. In addition, pre-arrival service investments support newcomers and families joining Canada’s diverse communities while strengthening Canada’s economy.


The YMCA of the National Capital Region will receive over $1.2 million as part of this funding announcement, according to Parliamentary Secretary Lalonde, so it can continue providing important pre-arrival programs to new immigrants.

This funding extension will keep supporting service provider organizations in their efforts to provide services to immigrants before they enter Canada. The YMCA provides a wide range of services abroad that can be accessible both in person and online. Before arriving in Canada, newcomers can get access to important resources through pre-arrival service providers, such as information on the Canadian job market, employment counseling, and soft skill development.

Refugees, immigration, and citizenship The pre-arrival services program in Canada maximize the economic and social integration of newcomers by

  • Through a streamlined, simple approach, we directly connect clients with the information and services they need.
  • encouraging newcomers to apply, if necessary, for acknowledgment of their foreign credentials prior to arrival.
  • connecting clients with Canadian federal and provincial settlement services.

Pre-arrival services investments are investments in the families and newcomers joining Canada’s various communities, and they support their development while boosting the country’s economy. 

Quick Facts about the settlement services

The 15 service provider organizations, with financial extensions for pre-arrival assistance, are situated in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and abroad and provide services to clients in their home countries.

Since 1998, Canada has supported pre-arrival services. Services were initially only provided for refugees, but in 2001 they were made available to other types of immigrants as well.

In order to promote the Francophone Integration Pathway and offer training in French or English to Francophone and Allophone newcomers, the specific language training for francophone newcomers to francophone minority communities program was established in 2019. The department currently supports six organizations that offer newcomers who choose to settle in one of these communities and speak French direct language training services.

The Canadian government approved up to $5.8 million in extra funding for 10 efforts sponsored by the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot through 2025 in December 2022. In addition to the $15 million over two years that was allocated in Budget 2021 to continue support for this project, this funding was also included.


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